Petcore Europe, the industry organisation representing the whole PET value chain, launched the “Special Industry Group – SIG” to establish a strong and sustainable value chain in the development of re-using the monomers from PET waste.
Bringing the PET bottles and food containers as well as polyester textiles back to its constituents, monomers or low molecular weight components that allow purification means in principle endless re-use of these PET building blocks. This will improve the circularity of PET since colours, additives and other polymers in multi-layer constructions will be from now on fully recyclable. Monomer recycling is claimed to help solving the waste problem by giving all PET waste value.
Christian Crépet, Executive Director of Petcore Europe explains: “The mission of this new group is to facilitate a platform to position PET monomer recycling as a viable addition to the established mechanical recycling process, enhancing the circularity of PET.”
The SIG will use the networking and outreach of the Petcore Organization to interact with legislators, regulators, NGOs and other stakeholders to ensure chemical recycling of PET is an acceptable business and fulfills the future requirements of business environment. The Group will work to ensure health and safety aspects as well as product acceptance is achieved.